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Issue 105
RECONSIDERING ORANGE

 

 

Rose Mary Boehm, Monica Flegg, Robert Ford, Daniel E Haislet, Laura Hanna,

Cal LaFountain, Erin Leigh, Todd Mercer,

Brad Rose, Joyce Schmid, Larry D. Thacker,

Lindsey Thäden, Abigail Van Kirk,

Bonnie Rae Walker, Les Wicks, Linda S. York,

Mark Young

  

Issue 105

Reconsidering Orange

Rose Mary Boehm, Monica Flegg,

Robert Ford, Daniel E Haislet,

Laura Hanna, Cal LaFountain,

Erin Leigh, Todd Mercer, Brad Rose,

Joyce Schmid, Larry D. Thacker,

Lindsey Anneliese Thäden,
Abigail Van Kirk,
Bonnie Rae Walker,

Les Wicks, Linda S. York, Mark Young

 

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 photo by Lindsey Anneliese Thäden 

 

 

 

 

Cal LaFountain

 

Milli's Pardon

Milli Teague knew the burglar came each dark at 1:11 a.m., that from the frivolity of its patters, was adolescent, and that it had a penchant to leave things half-done. If they’d been her pantries to swipe, she too would forget to correct the labels’ facings. In the closets and basements of Milli Teague’s imagined bout of urban burglary, she also marred knobs with her grease, loosed tubs & tins from their usual nooks, and discarded sound as a layer of the world perceived by human sense.
 

The burglar’s appetite was expansive. Mornings after its visits, the kitchenbereft of content, Milli Teague began her day with a visit to the grocer’s. She’d buy up those items that the burglar, in its hasty reach, favored most-extra cottage cheese, extra potato bread. Extra many pickles.


Alongside fumbles & bungles, heedless inhales morphed to coughs enough to wake the cul-de-sac's tender geriatrics. The burglar, with its undevelopedfaculties of stealth and dexterity, fed a forthright, undefined empathy in Milli Teague.  She measured desperation, not malice, as the impetus that bound theburglar to its thefts.


One night the red/blue beams of laws enforced lit Milli Teague’s bedroom.


She fingered curtains leftward to expose a perpetrator cuffed in the Robinson’s side yard. Milli Teague observed the burglar’s meager resistance. That dainty nymph she’d let return dark after dark now displayed a writhe

attuned to her own.


Then, the food labels faced typically, boxes held their places. Knobs retained their sheen. Milli Teague catered not for the burglar’s, but her own relief, a buffer to her alone, that near burden hers always to heave & to hack, never burglarized at 1:11 a.m. or any other configuration of dark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Ford

 

Wee Lachlan at five

You can’t imagine the time he’ll be an old man,

and spend warm evenings folded into park benches,

 

cursing the aches that crept up unannounced, wiping

a brow whose furrows grew when no-one was looking.

 

His face will have become an onion, cheeks weathered,

and his nose broadened, all skirmished with veins.

 

The mustard hair will long have turned bone-white,

but his eyes will have stayed the same give away blue

 

as his superhero cape. With luck, the smile will still be

written through him, like his name threading a stick of rock.